By Lisa Ackerman
I’m seeing many messages from around the world where people are preparing for Autism Awareness Month. Autism affects so many people that the month of April has been designated to help with increasing its awareness.
Some of the messaging being sent out includes “celebrate autism.” I don’t have a cute picture for this blog.
I know there is a lot to celebrate. However, I celebrate the child, not the label. I celebrate how hard they work every day. I celebrate each and every one their accomplishments. I celebrate them; I do NOT celebrate autism.
1 in every 50 U.S. Children has autism (1.) Many struggle with many medical and severe behavioral issues. Families face many challenges in obtaining help for their children. Does anyone know another month where we celebrate a label, disease or disorder? I’d like to know.
Let’s build awareness through action. Here is how you can make a difference https://www.tacanow.org/ways-to-help/autism-awareness/.
This April, e-v-e-r-y-o-n-e needs to build awareness that activates. We can save the celebration once positive change demonstrates TACA isn’t needed anymore.